The miracle of “no nap”

I’ve long held a certain amount of guilt for not being able to give Journey the same one-on-one attention I was able to give before Faith was born. As blessed as we are to have Faith in our lives, I’ve always felt like something precious was lost between Journey and me. Of course, I was still “Mommy.” But the closeness we once shared had been diminished by the frayed nerves and lack of patience that came with caring for two kids. How do people with more than two do it?!

But recently, Journey has dropped nap time. This is a day I long feared was coming—I even put it off a couple of times. The only thing I could think of was all that lost “me time”! But it has turned out to be just what we needed. My “me time” has happily turned into “we time” (don’t worry, I still carve out some time just for myself). We read, play games, color, and more.

I can tell Journey loves this time with me as much as I do. He’s always rushing Faith off to her nap time—”Faithy’s gonna take a nap now!” I can also feel the closeness returning, which makes my heart so happy. There were times when I thought it was lost forever. But I’m realizing that there are seasons for everything—and for that I am very thankful. “For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to tear and a time to mend…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7 NLT).

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